By: Peter Annin
The Great Lakes are the largest collection of fresh surface water on earth, and more than 40 million Americans and Canadians live in their basin. How that water is used by, or diverted from, those people is the story of "The Great Lakes Water Wars".
A controversial compact to manage the waters of the Great Lakes through this century will be considered by eight state legislatures and Congress in the years ahead. Will we divert water from the Great Lakes, causing them to end up like Asia's Aral Sea, which has lost 90 percent of its surface area and 75 percent of its volume since 1960? Or will we come to see that unregulated water withdrawals are ultimately catastrophic? Peter Annin writes a fast-paced account of the people and stories behind these upcoming battles.
Excellent primer for getting up to speed on what could be one of the region's most important - and contentious - issues in the coming decades.
- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
--Dan Egan"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" (11/06/2006)
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